Nissan has recalled nearly 110,000 Rogue vehicles over a problem with an anti-corrosion treatment on the rear liftgate support that can cause it to break off and cause injury, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the recall in a letter. If the anti-corrosion coating on the outer tube of the rear liftgate support stay used to power assist the door is insufficient, it could corrode over time and break off, the agency said in a safety recall report filed with its recall notice.
Approximately 108,500 2014-2016 Nissan Rogue vehicles are affected by the recall, and dealers will replace the rear tailgate stays with new ones at no cost to drivers, the NHTSA said. The parts aren’t currently available, but customers will be notified when they are. According to the report, the supplier of the anti-corrosion treatment on the rear liftgate stay’s outer tube altered the treatment from its specification, resulting in a coating that is potentially insufficient. If the coating isn’t adequate, the rear liftgate stay can corrode over time as a result of water and salt penetration. Because the stay operates under high-pressure gas, the corrosion can cause a sudden release of pressure, potentially causing the stay to break off and injure someone.
Nissan North America Inc. was first notified of field incidents in foreign markets involving the rear liftgate stays malfunctioning on older vehicles that aren’t for sale in the U.S. and launched an investigation, according to the safety report. The automaker later determined that the component was also installed on vehicles in the U.S. and reviewed field data to see if there had been any incidents in the country. Nissan said it didn’t identify any incidents. As part of its investigation, Nissan says it also analyzed parts gathered through a parts collection program and didn’t find any evidence of corrosion on Rogue vehicles in the U.S.
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